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Comment Re:mimic the act of driving (Score 1) 157 157

You can't have a failure mode where it says "OK, meat sock, I have no idea what to do, it's your turn and you have 0.7 seconds to react". That will simply not work.

What in the world makes you think they would have such a failure mode?

Why would they do that when they can have it start alerting the driver when it "sees" something ahead that it doesn't grok allowing the meat sock to take control at it's discretion and if it doesn't, bring the vehicle to a safe and orderly stop until the source of the confusion can be sorted out.

This idea that the system would just stop functioning, without warning, anytime it gets confused is the fevered wet-dream of luddites.

Comment Re:Pointless study (Score 1) 216 216

What you're missing is most people think it's fine for the government to subsidize certain industries but not others. The argument isn't over subsidize or don't subsidize, it's what to subsidize.

Even died in the wool small government radicals still think the military industrial complex should be subsidized.

Comment Dial *666 (Score 4, Interesting) 79 79

Have the phone companies implement a *666 system. After receiving a robocall the recipient hangs, then picks up and dials *666. The phone company keeps a count and reports numbers with some large number of *666 reports to drone death-squads.

That last bit might be a tad extreme...

Comment Re:Right to remain silent where? (Score 5, Informative) 340 340

You're assuming that he's alluding to the fifth amendment, the Miranda warning is just a notification of it, but according to the Canadian Constitution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms you have the right to remain silent in Canada as well. You also have the right to an attorney (counsel).

Not that it matters when you're in Customs. Your constitutional rights (mostly) don't apply in customs, in the US or Canada.

Two publications from the BCCLA (BC Civil Liberties Association) you may be interested in:

Comment Re:It is unfair competition (Score 2) 204 204

If the local telcos or ISPs thought it was profitable, then they would have already done it.

This is a common fallacy, if the ISPs thought they could make a higher return on their investment providing crappy service (particularly if they have no competition) then there is no incentive for them to provide good service (particularly if it means they will have competition).

The town (presumably) would not be profit focused and therefore be more concerned with the quality of the service than the return on investment. There are some things socialism does better than capitalism, and vice-versa.

Comment Re:No, not practically, no. (Score 1) 124 124

Do you really think cities can hold 15 times the number of gas stations we have currently?

Considering that a charging stations can easily be installed in parking stalls at coffee shops, restaurants, strip-malls, parking structures, home garages, etc. I think it would be no problem for a city to have 15 times the current number of gas stations.

Comment Re:omg, a store will know where I am (Score 2) 61 61

better they track me so they put stuff i buy up front rather than me having to walk through the whole store

I don't think you understand how they think, they'll put the stuff you buy at the back so that you have to walk through the entire store. In their minds the more stuff you walk past, the more likely you are to buy something on a whim. It's why the milk is always at the back of the grocery store.

Comment Re:UOM conversion help, please (Score 1) 44 44

Anybody know what "39 times the size of Manhattan" is in football fields?

One Manhattan is:
12,292.12 Football Fields
16,344.68 US Football Fields
10,728.82 Canadian Football Fields

So 39 Manhattans are:
479,392.68 Football Fields
637,442.52 US Football Fields
418,423.98 Canadian Football Fields

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